Inverell Livestock Report 18th Feb 2020

CATTLE: Number reduced slightly to yard 792, again with good numbers of supplementary fed young cattle on offer. There was strong competition from the regular buying panel, with re-stocker and feeder orders competing for stock. Young cattle saw strong trends throughout the sale, while cows experience reduced competition. Limited light steer and heifer weaners attracted strong re-stocker interest, with price trends rising in the order of 25c/kg. Light yearling steers also sold to dearer trends, of up 30c/kg, from both restock and feeder competition, 320kg $4.24. Medium weight yearling steers to feed gained up 10c/kg. Light weight yearling heifers to re-stockers were 9c/kg dearer. Medium weight yearling heifers to the trade were 13c/kg better. Grown steers sold to slightly dearer trends of 3c/kg.  Heavy weight yearling steers to the trade made from 345c to 366c/kg. Light weight plain quality grown heifers back to the paddock sold to 324c, while heavy heifers 380-400kg to processors were up 30c/kg better to reach $3.64.  Cows lost ground from the previous market, with a decline in both quality and weight for the better types. Medium weight cows saw a reduction of 12c to 24c, while D3 cows experienced a fall of 18c/kg . Store cows retained value, making from 260c to 269c/kg. 6 tooth heifers made to $3.22 as did 400kg store conditioned 6T heifers. The best of the heavy bulls was firm to slightly dearer topping at 316c/kg.


SHEEP: Numbers reduced slightly to 844 lambs and 1,200 grown sheep. There were some good drafts of heavy lambs, however not up to the weight of two weeks ago. The market saw dearer trends throughout, however lack of weight and quality through the sheep offering saw cheaper trends in those categories. All the regular buyers attended.  Light trade lambs sold to dearer trends of $14/head. Trade lambs also enjoyed dearer trends, up to $21/head better. Heavy lambs saw a rise of $19, however the weight in the extra heavy drafts was reduced to see a cheaper trend, selling to $248/head. Hoggets made to $160/head.  Light and medium ewes saw a cheaper trend, re-stockers making to $111 and $90/head to the trade. Heavy Dorper ewes made to $156/head. The best wethers sold to $185/head. Merino rams sold to $140/head.


GOATS: Most processors are hovering around the $8.50-$9 for heavier goats and $9.50 kg for under 18kg.


LPA National Vendor Declarations


  • Updated versions of NVDs (0720) for all species (sheep and goats, cattle and bobby calves) will be available from 1 July 2020.
  • Current versions of NVDs for all species will continue to be accepted until 31 December 2020.
  • From 1 January 2021 only the updated version of NVDs (0720) will be accepted for all species.


Under the Accelerated Adoption Initiative, MLA provided temporary relief for costs incurred for the delivery of key products and services from MLA including LPA Production Assurance (LPA) accreditation and reaccreditation, LPA National Vendor Declaration (NVD) books, eDEC tokens and hardcopy LPA materials.

Be mindful not to stock up on LPA NVD books due to the upcoming version changes.



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